NPCF begins search for new director

As Executive Director Cole Johnson moves on to a new post, the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation Board of Directors bids her a fond farewell and sets a steady course for the community foundation’s future.  

Woodville resident Johnson begins new duties this spring as major gifts officer with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, leaving the community foundation March 1 after five years. Andrea Flynn, the community foundation’s donor services administrator, steps in as interim director the same day, assuming responsibility for its programs and initiatives.

Even as he thanked Johnson, NPCF chairman John McCarthy said the board has begun a careful, deliberative process to select a new executive director.

Cole Johnson celebrated the NPCF’s first Give Local Piedmont fundraising tally last May, a one-day event that raised more than $675,000 for 107 local nonprofits.Alex Sharp VIII | Rappahannock News
Cole Johnson celebrated the NPCF’s first Give Local Piedmont fundraising tally last May, a one-day event that raised more than $675,000 for 107 local nonprofits.

“Cole Johnson has been an effective, go-to champion for local philanthropy for the past five years,” he said. “She has spearheaded such innovations as the highly successful Give Local Piedmont and developed new funds for charitable giving throughout our four-county region. We most regretfully say goodbye to Cole, but are very happy to rely on Andrea’s experience and knowledge. We have great confidence she’ll help us through the transition.”

“I have been privileged to witness the power of what a community foundation can do for a region and its people,” said Johnson. “I am grateful for all the support and assistance I have received from so many. I am excited to start my new adventure.”

Johnson has earned plaudits for growing the community foundation’s assets from just over $1 million in 2010 to $8.4 million in the most recent fiscal year. The community foundation managed more than 70 funds and made 434 grants totalling $1.1 million in 2014. Johnson has also generated greater awareness of the community foundation’s role as a nonprofit leader in the region. In particular, the pieces are in place for the second Give Local Piedmont, a one-day online giving opportunity set for May 5. The 2014 Give Local event raised more than $675,000 benefiting 107 local nonprofits.

The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, celebrating its 15th anniversary, builds philanthropic capital locally to enhance the quality of life in Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison and Rappahannock counties and strengthen the region’s nonprofit organizations.

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